Once again, it's time for the two giants of the cricketing world, India and Australia, to face each other at the centre of the 22-yards. Australia and India would be facing each other this winter as Australia will tour India for a three-match One-Day International series the coming January in 2020.
India vs Australia have had a very special rivalry between them since the very first match they played against one another. Although it's no Indo-Pak rivalry but nevertheless it is something which fans of the game enjoy all around the world.
The Australian National cricket team will tour India for a limited overs series starting from January 14, 2020. Australia will be playing a three-match one-day international series against the Men in Blue. The series will commence with the first ODI in Mumbai. The opener will be followed by the ODI in Rajkot on January 17th. The final match of the tour will be played in Bengaluru on January 19th.
The last series which Australia played in India was in February-March 2019. It was a two-match T20 series followed by a five-match One-day International series. In both series, we saw Australia coming out on top. They won the T20 series 2-0 in a dominating fashion and then battled their way to victory in the ODI series 3-2.
The last match however, which was played between the two teams was at the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, which India won comfortably by 36 runs.
Before coming to India, Australia would be playing New Zealand at home for a three Test match series at home. While India national cricket team would be facing Sri Lanka for three T20Is at the Indian soil. So coming into this series none of the team would have had recent practice with the ODI conditions.
But, with the 2020 T20 World Cup in sight, experts believe that teams must be playing more T20 cricket and not waste their time on other formats of the game. At the same time we cannot overlook the fact that playing against World Class teams such as India or Australia in any format of the game, is good practice for any team, any time of the year and before any tournament.
Post their time in the Indian Subcontinent, the Aussies would turn to Proteas for their next international series. India on the other hand will embark on their voyage to the southern hemisphere to play New Zealand in their home. This will come as a healthy practice for the Indian team as the T20 World Cup will be played in Australia under very similar conditions.